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WHICH GIRL IS MY GRANDMOTHER?I hope you will be able to help me find my maternal grandmother’s family. The problem lies in that there are two girls with her name born at roughly the same time and in the same place. Emma Mary BARNES’ marriage certificate shows that she was married at St Luke, Kilburn, on 2nd June 1895. Her age is given as 21 and her father was Joseph BARNES, a bricklayer. The 1901 census gives her age as 27 and Notting Hill as her birthplace. In 1891 she is recorded as aged 19 and again born in Notting Hill. The 1881 census includes two possible entries for Emma Mary. The first is in Hammersmith, where this Emma is aged nine, born Hammersmith, daughter of Joseph and Mary BARNES. The second is in Kilburn St Luke, for an Emma aged seven, born in Kensington, daughter of Jane BARNES, a widow. (Jane was aged 36 and born in St Pancras.) I have tried to find Jane, born St Pancras before 1881, but with no success, so have been unable to establish her husband’s name. Is it possible that the marriage certificate is incorrect and that the father, Joseph, was dead at the time of the wedding? To sum up: the only Emma BARNES born at that time who had a father, Joseph, living at the time of the marriage was the Emma with the mother named Mary. But is it possible to verify this in any way? Can you give me any pointers to find out which Emma was my grandmother?
Mrs Barbara Brady
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